Preity Zinta is working on a book. No, it’s not her life story or a behind-the-scenes exposé on the Indian Premier League (IPL). It’s a compilation of all the false, often fabricated articles about her that have been published over the years.
"The intent is not malicious. I have plenty of friends among journalists too. But there are a few who bring a bad name to the fraternity. I’m tired of all the misinformation and want to set the record straight," says the actor. In the past, Preity has been ‘married off’ to Aamir Khan, had relationships with Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan, and recently she was cited as the "cause" for Shekhar Kapoor’s divorce by ex-wife, Suchitra Krishnamurthy. She’s also been linked with former members of her IPL cricket team, Kings XI Punjab — Yuvraj Singh and Brett Lee.
On July 15 2005, Preity filed a defamation suit against the publication of transcripts from a taped conversation in the course of which, Salman had made derogatory comments about her. The government’s forensic laboratory, after examining the tape, had concluded that it was fake. "It’s been six years, but the case is still pending. The legal process is long," she sighs, adding that that’s why she wants to bring out this book, and is already in talks with a publishing house for it.
She also plans to approach her actor friends and ask them to pick out one article that has wronged them, to add to her book. "Once the book is ready, I’ll go with it to the Supreme Court as evidence of what’s happening in a country like ours, to actors like me," promises Preity.
‘No one can replace my father’
One of the articles that Preity says will be in the book quotes Shandar Amrohi as her “father”. The eldest son of filmmaker, Kamaal Amrohi had filed a case against daughter Rukhsar and her son, Waseem in the Bombay High Court for pledging his shares in Mahal Pictures Pvt Ltd (that owns the Kamaal Amrohi Studio) to a company in Pune. He had strong allies in his brother, Tajdar and ‘adopted’ daughter, Preity. He’d promised to make Preity a director in his company and will leave his Rs 600 crore property to her.
But the “self-made” actor took offense to his claims and tweeted, “No1 has or ever will adopt me or sign me a will. Things said in interviews and reported are far from facts as the proof is in the pudding (sic).” She threatened to take legal action if similar stories appeared. Amrohi then apparently deleted her from his biography and his will.
Says Preity, “I lost my father when I was very young and the only way I can keep him alive is to hold on to his memories. No one can replace him. Shandar Amrohi always said I was like his daughter, but that doesn’t mean I am his daughter. I don’t need anyone’s money. Everything he said about me didn’t have to make news.”
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